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General Climbing Discussion

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Climbing the Westgate Bridge
kieranl
25/02/2013
9:55:14 AM
More prosaically, they're probably collision protection for the bridge, though the height may be more due to edifice complex than engineering requirements.

Miguel75
25/02/2013
10:27:17 AM
On 25/02/2013 kadlugan wrote:
>I believe the pillars of the bolte are actually hollow, with stairwell
>access to the top of them. 90ms high. They dont connect to the bridge itself.

Correct.

>Looks like the only way onto them is boat.

There's access from the base, with a ladder, and from the roadway too though it's about 3m across the void. The high angle rescue guys had a drill there not too long ago and said the views were pretty amazing.

>This is the closest image so far of the bases i could find
>
>bigger picture here
>http://davidchia.zenfolio.com/img/s3/v44/p555503482-5.jpg

I like B&W pictures, they're purty;)

Sabu
25/02/2013
10:32:37 AM
On 25/02/2013 kadlugan wrote:
>I believe the pillars of the bolte are actually hollow, with stairwell
>access to the top of them. 90ms high. They dont connect to the bridge itself.

Well that's the easy descent sorted, now we just need some bolts and a few holds!
dalai
25/02/2013
10:48:20 AM
Not going to happen legally... I'd suggest just going to one of good indoor walls if you want to climb on plastic.

Glue up was attempted under Burke rd south side of the Eastern and was quickly stopped when locals called the police and wanted to confiscate their gear.

Better wall IMO would be the overhanging pillars where the Eastern fwy crosses Merri Creek. But far to visible to passing traffic, so would expect the police to be around quickly there too.
Cam McKenzie
25/02/2013
11:16:51 AM
On 25/02/2013 dalai wrote:

>Better wall IMO would be the overhanging pillars where the Eastern fwy
>crosses Merri Creek. But far to visible to passing traffic, so would expect
>the police to be around quickly there too.

The ones down near Dight's falls? I always looked at those when I was running past and thought they'd be awesome to climb on, other than lowering off into the middle off Merri Creek.
dalai
25/02/2013
3:46:50 PM
Yes, they are the pillars I am referring to.
One Day Hero
25/02/2013
4:05:35 PM
I don't get it, why are you guys fantasising about this weird shit? They're not going to let you bolt holds and bolts all over bridge pylons. Even if they did, it'd be a huge admin hassle and they'd charge you through the arse to climb on it. Is this Kalugan dude trying to set it up as a business venture?

Anyone who flies from australia to europe and wastes a day climbing plastic on a dam wall (instead of climbing one of the 1000's of excellent multipitch rock routes available over there) is a fuching idiot!
technogeekery
25/02/2013
5:30:11 PM
On 25/02/2013 One Day Hero wrote:
>I don't get it, why are you guys fantasising about this weird shit?

because we are at work, and on Chocky, and that is what Chocky is for.

>Anyone who flies from australia to europe and wastes a day climbing plastic
>on a dam wall (instead of climbing one of the 1000's of excellent multipitch
>rock routes available over there) is a fuching idiot!

I have climbed many multipitch rock routes. I have climbed no dam walls. If I go to Switzerland, I'd like to do both.

As always, thanks for sharing your opinion, ODH.

JamesMc
25/02/2013
7:29:42 PM
So how much would people pay to climb on the West Gate?


JamesMc
stugang
25/02/2013
8:19:35 PM
In the early 90's a couple of naughty adelaidian's got busted and taken to court for adding a climb to the Sturt river gorge dam wall. The few that did the routes before they got taken down confirmed the three star ratings, unfortunately they didn't survive long enough to make it into any guidebooks.

then the hole got discovered which is a much nicer texture for chipping.
patto
26/02/2013
7:14:25 AM
On 25/02/2013 kieranl wrote:
>More prosaically, they're probably collision protection for the bridge,
>though the height may be more due to edifice complex than engineering requirements.

A heigh of ZERO metres above the water would provide collision protection. These things are pure architect wank.
dave
26/02/2013
7:41:19 AM
On 25/02/2013 ajfclark wrote:
>If they aren't structural I think your chances of being allowed to climb
>them would go up.
>
>I found this picture of a giant squid while trying to track down that
>aiding photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kranked/113029381/

Here's a video of the Anzac Bridge climb
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uo-VTjdQgzw
One Day Hero
26/02/2013
10:24:24 AM
On 25/02/2013 technogeekery wrote:
>I have climbed many multipitch rock routes. I have climbed no dam walls.
>If I go to Switzerland, I'd like to do both.

The prosecution rests, your honour

jpo
26/02/2013
11:41:32 PM
The only practical function of the Bolte Bridge towers is to support the aircraft warning lights on top of each one. True.

Richard
10/03/2013
5:33:14 AM
Or, was it really designed by a frustrated climber working for trans urban, and they were thinking of the ultimate tyrolean traverse...?

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